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Hanover’s Perspective

Hanover Farmer Named Virginia Farmer of the Year

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Charles Edwin “CJ” Isbell Jr. of Keenbell Farm has been named the 2020 Virginia Farmer of the Year and advances into consideration of the Swisher Sweets/Sunbelt Expo Southeastern Farmer of the Year Award.  Keenbell Farm was recognized as a Hanover Legacy Business in 2019 with more than fifty years of continued operations in the county. Mr. Isbell is carrying on a seventy-year… View Article

Hanover County Contributes to Virginia’s 2020 Gold Shovel Award

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Virginia was recently recognized by Area Development magazine as a top state for job creation and investment during 2019, winning a prestigious 2020 Gold Shovel Award. Shovels are awarded to states that have produced the best and most jobs per capita and limited to the top 10 projects in various industry categories. Helping to secure the award for Virginia and topping the distribution category… View Article

Hanover County Rolls Out Small Business Resiliency Grant Program

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With unanimous approval by the Board of Supervisors and the Hanover County Economic Development Authority, the Department of Economic Development is launching the Small Business Resiliency Grant program to support small businesses negatively affected by interruptions and mandated business closures due to COVID-19. The Hanover County Small Business Resiliency Grant, leveraging $300,000 of federal funding under the CARES Act, offers up to… View Article

Buckingham Branch Railroad Showcases Transload Facility in Hanover County

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Started in 1988, the Buckingham Branch Railroad is a family-owned, short line railroad that operates in Virginia with 280 miles of track, seven train crews, 14 locomotives, and more than 40 freight customers.  Over the years, the railroad company has developed a reputation for dependability and flexible service that responds effectively to the changing needs of freight customers in todays’ logistics and… View Article

Assistance Opportunity Available for Manufacturers Experiencing Trade Impacts


Originally chartered in 1974 by the Department of Labor and U.S. Department of Commerce, the Trade Adjustment Assistance for Firms (TAAF) program was created to help U.S. companies strengthen and solidify their competitive positions in the global marketplace. The MidAtlantic Trade Adjustment Assistance Center (MATAAC) is one of eleven regional centers that manages TAAF funds, with its focus on the District of… View Article

VRLTA Offers Resources Specific to Restaurant, Lodging and Travel Industries

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The Virginia Restaurant, Lodging & Travel Association (VRLTA) has represented the Commonwealth’s restaurants, hotels and travel attractions for nearly 80 years. The Association began in the 1930s and ‘40s as three separate associations with a common goal—protecting the hospitality and tourism industries of Virginia. In 1993, the Virginia Hotel & Motel Association, Virginia Restaurant Association and Virginia Travel Council came together under… View Article